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Dining Room Wall Decor Ideas

When it comes to hanging art, the dining room is probably not the first place that comes to mind.

Most people prioritize their living rooms and bedrooms—after all, you probably spend the bulk of your time in these spaces. But we’re here to make a case for decorating your dining room walls—which can make all the difference to the space!

Without a doubt, picking out dining room wall decor and art can feel like a challenge at first. What subject matter should you choose? Where should you hang art in your dining space? Should you go with one large piece or many smaller pieces?

While there are definitely practical details to consider, like the size of your space and the amount of empty wall space you have to work with, how you approach your dining room wall decor is ultimately up to you. For some guidance, we’ve rounded up 15 stylish ideas for decorating your dining room walls—from how to arrange your pieces to where best to hang art. Keep reading to find out more.

Just starting to furnish your dining space? Check out our essential guide to dining room furniture along with our top picks for dining room rugs. Or if you’re not sure you need an actual dining room, try these alternative uses for an empty dining room design.

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1. Layer Art Along A Buffet

If you have a buffet or sideboard cabinet in your dining space, transform the surface into a showcase for art and objects.

Arrange artworks in varying sizes: Try leaning a few pieces and hanging some up on the wall behind the cabinet to add depth and dimension. This is a great option for those who have a lot of art but not the wall space for all of them, or for apartment renters who want a more casual look that doesn’t require too many holes for hanging.

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2. Add A Single Oversized Piece

For spacious dining rooms or ones with high ceilings and long walls, hanging one large-scale artwork is the best way to create an instant focal point.

Consider an oversize painting with lots of color for a more classic dining room space, or opt for a graphic high-contrast piece that makes for a modern statement in a minimalist setting. The one rule of thumb here? The larger your dining room, the bigger the piece of art.

Need help finding the perfect work for your space? Check out our tips on how to choose art.

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3. Double The Impact With Diptych Art

For a streamlined dining room display, hang a diptych—which is one artwork that spans across two canvases. It’s a stylish option for large dining room walls, which are often easier to fill with fewer, bigger art pieces rather than lots of small artworks.

Additionally, a diptych can be pretty versatile when it comes to how you hang them. You can pair them side by side for a cohesive look or hang them separately on opposite walls to create a more dynamic yet still balanced look that visually ties your dining room together.

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4. Style Up A Gallery Wall

You can’t beat a classic gallery wall arranged around a subject or theme, or just curated from an eclectic selection of captivating artworks. If you can’t decide on a specific style or piece of dining room wall art, this is the best tried-and-true approach.

For those who already have a collection of prints or works, put them in different frames in varying sizes, which will provide more texture and depth when they’re hung together in a gallery wall arrangement. If you’re pulling together a lot of different pieces, lay them out on your floor and find a configuration that works for you first, and check out our tips on how to hang art.

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5. Floating Shelves With Art

Install floating shelves to display art while also adding open storage. In a dining space, floating shelves can be a great way to both store and display dining essentials.

Opt for two long rows of shelving, which allows you to lean art and decorative pieces on the top shelf, while filling the bottom shelf ones that offer space for dinnerware, glasses, and other tableware. If you’re working with a small dining room and need storage that doesn’t take up any floor space, this is the perfect solution.

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6. Open Up With Mirrors

An elegant alternative to art is to bring in an oversize statement mirror to function as dining room wall decor.

With a floor-to-ceiling mirror, choose one that suits your style and don’t be afraid to go tall and wide as long as it fits into your space. In a small dining room, a large mirror can help open up the room immensely by giving the illusion of more space while reflecting more light. However, this is not the most family-friendly option, so it’s not the best idea for dining rooms that are busy with young kids or pets every day.

 

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textured stament wall in modern dining room

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7. Show Off Unique Textured Walls

In a home where your dining room is surrounded with walls that have textured appeal, such as shiplap, brick, wood paneling, or even plaster, consider skipping art and wall decor altogether.

This is a great way to celebrate the interior architecture of your home by drawing focus to the unique textural details of your dining room walls. If you’re a minimalist, this is the perfect way to highlight your pared-down dining room furnishings through a contemporary clean-lined look.

Accent wall with wallpaper in modern dinging room

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8. Make It Pop With Wallpaper

A spectacular wallpaper not only adds color, pattern, texture, and bold impact to your dining room, but it will also serve as a stylish backdrop for your furniture.

Depending on the style of wallpaper you choose, you can easily tailor the look and feel of your overall space to a unique style—be it a stripe, ikat, colorful block print, or even something fanciful like chinoiserie. Just remember that wallpaper is definitely more of a commitment than art, so just be sure you’re ready to take the leap!

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9. Display A Scenic Photograph

You can instantly change the mood and tone in your dining space with a large evocative photograph.

Whether black-and-white or sepia-toned, a large-scale landscape photograph or one depicting a panoramic exterior view functions as a window into another place. It can transport you from your dining space while adding a modern and personal touch. If you love taking your own photos, consider enlarging your favorite print, from your travels or everyday sightings, and turning it into a framed photo for your space.

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10. Brighten Up With Sconces

A pair of wall sconces is both practical and aesthetically elegant in any dining room. They’ll provide a balanced, symmetrical look to your space while also adding a bit of mood lighting.

With sconces, the design and style you choose doesn’t necessarily have to go with your furniture or lighting. In fact, a pair of sconces that are slightly different from the rest of your decor can make for bold, sculptural focal points on your walls that truly stand out. Consider ones with shades for darker, moodier lighting, or go with styles with exposed bulbs for a brighter light.

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11. Play Up Tall Plants

So plants aren’t necessarily wall decor, but a grouping of tall plants and greenery can make for a lush and lively backdrop in your dining space.

Lined up along a wall, tall plants and trees offer a vibrant dose of color, texture, and organic element unlike any art or wall decor. Not only do they bring a bit of brightness and life to your space, they also serve as sculptural accents which make for intriguing focal points that are spread out across your space. If you’re a plant lover, this is the perfect reason to bring in more!

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12. A Sculptural Chandelier

Another way to work in style and intrigue without decorating your dining room walls is to hang a bold sculptural chandelier.

Like a piece of eye-catching artwork itself, a uniquely designed chandelier will center the focus in your dining space. It’s a great way to add instant, sophisticated impact by drawing the eye upwards, and it also makes for functional lighting for your entire space. It’s perfect if you prefer a minimalist look in your dining space but still want an captivating, artful focal point that doesn’t crowd up your walls.

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13. Tapestry

An eclectic alternative to dining room wall art, an elegant woven hanging tapestry can lend a touch of softness as well as textural contrast.

Tapestries beautifully detailed works of art on their own. They come in a range of sizes, styles, colors, and shapes, so choose one that’s in keeping with your dining room furnishings. If your style leans boho or a tad rustic, a tapestry can be a great accent to pair with other patterns, colors, and textures.

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14. Gather Some Wall Baskets

Think of wall baskets as the perfect a sculptural take on the gallery wall. Instead of captivating artworks, a grouping of wall baskets provides the same color and textural appeal but with added depth.

Wall baskets bring a natural decor element to your dining space. In a small dining room, you can hang one behind your dining table for a singular statement piece; or gather a few into a curated arrangement on a small strip of wall. You can even work in a hanging wall basket into your gallery wall of framed art to give it an eclectic look. They’re wonderfully versatile accents in that way.

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15. Create A Mixed-Use Display

On the topic of eclectic gallery walls, consider combining different art and decor elements to create one that truly sets your dining room apart. Think a mix of large and small art pieces, wall sculptures and a floating shelf arrayed with accents and objects, and even a stunning chandelier to top it all off.

This is a great way to play up a look that’s a little more personal and reflects your varied tastes. Play up different art forms, like a mix of paintings and photos, and add favorite objects, like ceramics or mementos, to your console or shelf. The key is to get creative with a fun mix.

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April Edit: Best Dining Rooms of the Month

Now that most of us are working, studying and eating at home these days, dining rooms are getting a lot of extra attention. If you’re spending more time there, you might be on the lookout for dining room design ideas to spruce up your dining space. Or maybe you’re just getting inspired and need some modern or formal dining room ideas to kickstart your project.

How do you design dining rooms?

The best way to revamp your dining area is to start with your foundations and go from there. What size and shape is your dining space? What do you want to be the focal point? Are you looking for a traditional dining room with a wood table and dining chairs or do you have more modern dining room in mind? Once you have a sense of your interior design plan, you can move on to more specific elements of the dining space.

Dining Table

Your dining table is most likely going to be the focal point of your dining area. Do you need a large dining table? Expandable? Consider how many people you’ll need to seat on a regular basis and what else you might be using the dining table for. You can explore our guide to dining tables to get a sense of your options.

Your dining table will also set the stylistic tone for the rest of your space, so give some thought to what kind of look you want. Are you thinking about a formal dining room? Mid-century? Farmhouse? Explore our guide to dining table styles for more dining table ideas and the pros of these most-popular styles.

dining room designsDining Chairs

Next up is selecting your dining chairs! You’ll want to consider the chair material—ideally it will match your dining table (i.e. wood table and wood chairs) or add contrast (i.e. metal chairs and wood table). Upholstered chairs add comfort but can also pose a challenge to keep clean depending on your lifestyle and if you have kiddos who love eating with their hands!

Decide if you want all matching dining chairs or if you like dining room designs that mix and match a bit. For instance, you could add a bench on one side (great for kids) or make the two end chairs different to add a formal air.

Dining Room Decor

The style of your dining room will depend a lot on your decor! Dining room designs are a way to express your personal tastes and style with elements like light fixtures, rugs, table top decor, and more. These pieces can help determine the focal point of your space and add finishing touches and polish, whether you have a modern dining room or a traditional style.

Ready for some dining room inspiration? Read on to take a tour of 20 of our best dining room designs of the month!

dining room designsOrganic Modern Dining Room

This formal dining room design is a blend of modern and minimalist styles. It features a neutral color palette with a muted green backdrop that makes the light and dark contrasting elements pop. It’s very minimal in styling, but still comfortable. And the look feels balanced with the repetition of arches and circles in the round table, globe pendant, bookcase, and even the  fireplace.

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Country Cabin Charm

We love the rustic country style that makes this dining room feel just like home. It’s a very cozy and casual space with a two-tone matching dining set that’s very trendy in rustic, farmhouse dining room styles. The faded rug helps pull together the overall color scheme and the mason jar lighting fixture adds a trendy and simple element to the mix.

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dining room designsDine in Rustic Minimalist Style

We love how the rustic minimalist style of this dining room fits so well into the big open, airy space. The neutral color scheme gives it an earthy, organic essence and pops of black and white add a modern twist. The natural wood dining table creates a bold statement in this space and looks great with minimalist white ceramic decor. The geometric patterned rug adds visual interest and texture to the otherwise solid furniture pieces and color scheme.

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Coastal Comfort

For those of you who love dining a bright, airy space, this type of coastal style might be just what you need. It features a neutral color scheme with warm tones and sage green walls and casual style furniture in a formal setting. A round dining table with woven chairs feels beachy and laid back. And the light, washed wood in each of the materials makes the overall aesthetic feel soft and lived-in.

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Classic Elegance

This dining room blends traditional and classic style in a way that doesn’t feel stuffy or old-fashioned at all! The crisp whites and neutral palette give it a modern upgrade and touches of gold add sophistication and a little sass. The classic rug pattern in florals mimics the floral centerpiece on the table and the upholstered chairs paired with the two captains chairs offer a  more formal feel.

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dining room designsMid-Century to the Max

This dining room is mid-century modern all the way, with avocado green and blue as staple mid-century colors. The brass tapered legs add sparkle to the dining room and the dynamic rug adds a pop of color and pattern for heightened visual interest. And the atomic starburst lamp is one of the iconic looks of mid-century style, adding a sculptural element to the overall design.

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dining room designsGlam-a-Go-Go

Pairing mid-century modern with glam touches is a great way to give your dining room a totally unique and gorgeous style! Here, the distinctive mid-century features stand out, like the tapered legs on the dining chairs and the starburst chandelier. It creates a formal setting that’s great for entertaining—plus the white banquette provides a spot for extra storage. There’s a neutral color scheme with heavy use of brass, gold, and creamy whites to up the elegance of this setting and then the plush greenery adds extra texture.

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dining room designsContemporary Composure

This contemporary dining room style is cool, calm, and composed—perfect for big gatherings where you need a large dining setting and don’t want the space to feel overwhelming. It’s simple with no frills, the perfect practical dining room for a busy household. And the durable jute rug adds just the right amount of visual interest without creating too much distraction in the calm, collected space.

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dining room designsSeaside Sleek

We love the blend of modern and coastal styling in this sleek dining room. The black and white color palette gets tons of warmth from the wood tones and the metal light fixture blends both modern and coastal styles. The gallery wall adds a personal touch and an editorial aspect with the grid of black and white photos. Woven chairs are coastal but the sleek wooden table feels modern, and the patterned rug helps to balance out the two styles.

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dining room designsEarthy Eclectic

This dining room style uses a colorful, earthy palette and eclectic furniture pieces and decor to create a cool, collected look. The vintage rug pulls together the color scheme and the mid-century modern style dining chairs add a lovely decorative touch. A gallery wall in the same hues adds visual interest and cohesion and it creates a cozy, casual setting for a dinner gathering.

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dining room designsBoho Chic Treat

This dining room design uses an eclectic style to set the tone and incorporates bohemian style with rattan and tropical elements. The high top table and stools keep it casual and offer a unique take on the dining space. A floating wall shelf adds space for a funky, layered gallery wall. And the neutrals, green and yellow colors used feel tropical and beachy for laid-back dining vibes.

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Eclectic Elegance

We love how this eclectic dining room design uses a black and white color scheme with sand toned accents to warm up the space. The woven texture in wall art and pendant looks funky and modern in the space and the Moroccan style rug adds pattern, texture, and warmth, pulling the whole style together. Elegant style dining chairs add extra sophistication to the dining space.

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Sophisticated Safari

This dining room features a sophisticated design with a safari-style flair. It’s an organic and earthy space with a sense of adventure! The woven teak chairs add a casual feel and the abstract art ties in blues and greens throughout the color palette. The patterned rug feels global and lightens up the muted color scheme. And to top it all off, the beaded chandelier adds a stylish sculptural element.

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Eclectic Roots

We dig the mix of minimal, rustic, and modern styles in this eclectic design. It has a warm color scheme with warm tone woods, reds, and subtle pops of blues. The natural wood of the dining chairs and table and the woven elements of the decor and furniture pieces give it an organic feel. And there’s a delicate balance of light furniture complemented by larger forms.

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dining room designsEdgy Industrial

This look is as stylish and hip as a dining room design can get! The dining chairs feel retro with an S-shape, but the padded leather gives them an extra comfort. The black and white color scheme isn’t harsh because muted tones and the green accents help warm it up. Sleek edges are balanced by organic touches like plants and curved chairs to create a formal setting that still manages to be inviting.

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dining room designsLight and Lively

This stylish dining room blends mid-century modern and industrial style for an airy, light-filled look that your guests will love. The lighting and rugged table feel industrial and the tapered legs and furniture cover the mid-century aspect. It has a bright and lively color palette using retro-inspired hues but still offers a very sophisticated look with captain chairs and a styled buffet table.

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Rural Rustic

We love this elegant rural rustic dining room design featuring a neutral color scheme with pops of black for a little drama. It’s a serene setting with light colors and the upholstered chairs give it a soft texture. The rustic art and weathered wood add extra texture to the space. The handsome buffet and fireplace setting give it a formal look but using lightwood and casual furniture make it feel comfortable and laid-back.

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dining room designsCasual Kitchen Nook

This dining area is tucked away into a casual area of the kitchen to create a simple and compact dining nook—a great dining room layout idea for a small apartment! It uses a half bench and chairs to create a “booth” feel in the kitchen. The neutral color scheme and vintage style rug have mid-century appeal, and the whole look is pulled together by the greenery both indoors and out!

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dining room designsFormal Mid-Century Style

Mid-century modern is such a versatile style, it can go well in both casual and formal design schemes. This dining room design uses iconic Jenerette dining chairs (which have a great backstory) with their cane seats to create high style. And the setting in front of the fireplace is very formal with a touch of elegance. The straight lines of the table balance out the round pendant and mirror for a classy look overall.

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dining room designsClassy Coastal

This style is simple and sophisticated, with a classic blue, white, and sand palette contributing to the calming coastal vives. It is very seaside-themed but in the most elegant way. The furniture, colors, and materials give it a beach house feel and it is sophisticated with casual touches, like the bench seating and jute and woven textures.

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Stylist Picks: Our 9 Favorite Modern Dining Room Chairs

modern dining room chairsModern dining room chairs are an essential part of any modern dining room setup. Once you’ve chosen the perfect dining table for your space, the chairs might feel like a bit of an afterthought. But modern dining room chairs are every bit as important as your table!

The good news is that they are much less expensive, so you can change them up frequently if you like to update your style now and then. All in all, the right set of chairs can make a major impact on the overall aesthetic of your dining room. Our designers rounded up their favorite modern dining room chairs to help you find the perfect set!

Kimi Chair, Charcoal Black

This Kimi Chair in Charcoal Black is a classic and timeless modern design. The chair is hand-carved from sungkai wood and the streamlined shape gives it a beautiful, finished look. It sports a beautifully crafted no-frills style and evokes the look of old school house chairs. The Kimi chair works great in modern, contemporary and even industrial interiors.

modern dining room chairsAston Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chair

The Aston Mid-Century Dining Chair features gorgeous mid-century lines and an ultra sophisticated shape. The design is elevated yet inviting—in fact, it’s so comfortable that you’ll want to sit here all day!

This chair comes with and without arms so you can use one or a mix of both. The neutral grey upholstery works with all sorts of styles and color schemes. This is the perfect chair if you love a traditional mid-century modern style with a slightly contemporary update.

Natural woven side chairDutch Dining Side Chair, Natural

This Dutch Dining Side Chair features a globally-inspired, minimalist design. We love it because it gives a fresh, coastal look to the modern dining room chair. The sleek shape works well with the pop of natural texture! It’s perfect for modern dining rooms and will also look great in coastal, eclectic, and even minimal spaces. Bonus: organic elements like this are a major trend in the design world.

modern dining room chairsTufted Dining Chair

For a dose of modern vintage charm, consider this gorgeous Tufted Dining Chair. The quilted leather is unique and elegant and we love the sophisticated shape. It’s a modern dining room chair with an industrial edge. The hard shape is softened by the glam undertones of antique brass metal and the quilted detail. This is a perfect chair if you want to make a statement in your room! It can also help if you’re trying to merge opposite styles into one cohesive design.

modern chairsLena Side Chair, Espresso

This Lena Side Chair in Espresso is a throwback to the retro style of the 50s and 60s. It has a streamlined shape and tapered leg detail that make it classy and cool. The organic, form-hugging shape cradles your body while you sit—one of the signature aspects of Mid-Century Modern design. This chair works great in any room that has other touches of modern style.

Paton Black Oak Windsor Dining Chair

The Paton Black Oak Windsor Dining Chair offers a modern update on the classic Windsor design. The streamlined shape is sleek and sophisticated but it still retains the traditional style. The deep black stain makes a lovely pop of contrast in a modern dining room. This is an essential modern dining room chair for the modern farmhouse style and it looks amazing paired with modern or rustic dining tables alike.

Scholar Side Chair Onyx

We can’t get enough of this Scholar Side Chair in Onyx! The timeless style blends with chic updates so it’s both old-school at modern at once. It has an awesome contrast of the black wood seat, back and legs against the brass details for a playful reimagining of the classic school desk chair. This chair works well in a glam dining room or even an industrial one with a chic flair.

Milford Dining Chair

The Milford Dining Chair is a classic example of a Campaign style piece. It features a wood frame with leather seat and woven leather back that come together in a modern eclectic style. It’s a modern dining room chair with a global, worldly vibe that we love and makes a great contrast to a metal or marble dining room table. The warmth of leather is a lovely addition to any space and it adds a lovely pop of natural material and texture to your dining room.

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